Lost in the cloud: Sidekick Glitch Trips Microsoft and T-Mobile
Microsoft Corp. said a technical snafu has likely caused the loss of contacts, photos and other personal data for users of the T-Mobile Sidekick, a mobile phone for which it supplies software and online services.
Microsoft servers are to blame. Happens at a time when Microsoft is trying to revive its mobile portfolio and Windows Mobile. Cloud computing now seems vulnerable, esp. after Aug 31 Gmail outage.
Always connected in the clouds: Lufthansa to Upgrade to Better Wireless Connections
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which stumbled badly with previous efforts at onboard communications connectivity, on Monday is expected to unveil plans to provide long-distance passengers with the most extensive array of cellphone and Internet services available on any airline, according to people familiar with the matter.
It's reported that the Internet service (FlytNet) will be fast enough to let users stream video. Panasonic is providing the tech. It's a heady proposition with costs for upgrading each plane to range from $100K to $250K.
The calls will be around $3 a minute, while the Internet connection will be about $12 per hour, or $22 per day.
Lufthansa had previously used Boeing's Connexion service, which Boeing eventually shut down in 2006 after a $1 billion investment.
The future of e-mail is nebulous: Why Email No Longer Rules…
In its place, a new generation of services is starting to take hold—services like Twitter and Facebook and countless others vying for a piece of the new world. And just as email did more than a decade ago, this shift promises to profoundly rewrite the way we communicate—in ways we can only begin to imagine.
Why not look beyond the Web 2.0 social media phenoms Twitter and Facebook, which have their own problems (fake profiles, time wasting)? This story cites the explosive (31% jump to 300 million users) growth of social media. E-mail is broken because of the reluctance to rein in the spammers and malware senders.
Cloud computing (utility computing via virtualization) quiz.
Buzz topics: Banking-rise of mobile use is predicted, but the security patches released for the iPhone shows that malware will present a security problem. Mobiles-MIDs (mobile information devices) offer another option to the converged smart phone. Mobile shopping-GPS aware means contextual adds, and again the problem of security and privacy.